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Ai Ga Nakucha Ne Vinyl LP

WewantsoundsSKU lp-12564

cult classic 1982 Japanese synthpop beloved by Mac Demarco, co-prod by Ryuichi Sakamoto 🐮
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"Wewantsounds reissue Akiko Yano's cult classic Ai Ga Nakucha Ne, recorded in 1982 and co-produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Ai Ga Nakucha Ne ('there must be love' in Japanese) is Akiko Yano's sixth studio album and follows Tadaima in 1981. It continues exploring the electro-pop sound of its predecessor, hot on the heels of her touring with Yellow Magic Orchestra between 1979 and 1980. For this album, Akiko decided to try something new; she enrolled English musicians Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and David Sylvian from Japan and booked the Air Studios in London under the supervision of engineer Steve Nye. Over a couple of weeks, the musicians created a fascinating soundscape full of catchy pop tunes, sung in both Japanese and English. The eleven tracks featured on Ai Ga Nakucha Ne, mostly composed by Akiko -- are a great collection of catchy tunes featuring her distinctive vocals and accompanied by the Japan musicians. There are many highlights on the album, from the pop edge of 'Aisuru Hito Yo' to the avant groove of 'Another Wedding Song', each song is memorable and the album ends with the superb 'Good Night' sung by Akiko and David Sylvian. The original 1982 LP release included a 24-page booklet featuring many photos by Pennie Smith and Japanese photographer Bishin Jumonji. The booklet is reproduced in its entirety here and the album on top of contributions by Mac DeMarco, a longtime fan of the album. Also includes a dual interview with Akiko Yano and Steve Jansen by journalist Paul Bowler. Audio remastered from the original tapes by Mitsuo Koike." - Wewantsounds

  • 1982 synthpop album from Japanese singer, songwriter + keyboardist Akiko Yano, co-produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • black vinyl pressing
  • first time on vinyl in 35+ years
  • remastered sound
  • housed in gatefold sleeve w/ obi strip
  • includes reproduction of original 24 page booklet plus new liner notes by Mac DeMarco + Akiko Yano
  • music label: Wewantsounds 2021
UPC: 3700604729853


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